But it’s still the receivers who are the ones to watch. Garcon’s consistency and toughness, something McVay often mentioned, would be a welcomed help to a developing quarterback. He might complain, but his game or approach doesn’t change. There’s an assumption that Washington will keep one of the two receivers. That’s far from a guarantee; perhaps the Redskins do keep one, but this isn’t just about salary-cap room (of which they have plenty to strike a deal). It also wouldn’t surprise me if the organization is split on which one to keep. It's what they're sorting through now. Then it would be up to the receivers if they want to return.
“It’s my job in D.C., because we had DeSean [Jackson],” Garcon said of not being a main deep threat. “I didn’t have to go deep as much, but I can go deep, and I think I showed it a few times, but it is what it is. But I don’t want people to think, ‘Hey, he can’t run fast,’ because they didn’t tell me to run fast or make my plays run fast. That’s what I do want to get out there and get clear and stop people putting me in a box and saying I’m a possession receiver.”
One name gaining buzz around the NFL is Texans linebackers coach Mike Vrabel. In fact, Vrabel was supposed to interview for the Rams head coaching job, but his Houston team won their first playoff game last weekend and he would not be able to interview until the playoffs conclude. In the meantime, the Rams decided McVay was their guy, and cancelled the interview with Vrabel.
For starters, the Rams already have an undersized, speed receiver in Tavon Austin. At 5-foot-8 and 176 lbs., his best comparison is the 5-foot-10, 178 lbs. Jackson, even though Austin's production has never touched that of Jackson. What really would limit the Rams potential pursuit of Jackson is the team gave Austin a six-year, $56 million contract extension in 2016, with $30 million guaranteed.
Matt Cavanaugh, $20—The current Redskins quarterbacks coach has an impressive resume with 13 years as an NFL quarterback followed by a coaching career that includes eight seasons as an offensive coordinator for the Bears and Ravens. As the QB coach in Washington the last two years he shares some of the credit for Kirk Cousins’ success since he became a starter. Cavanaugh may line up as the second in-house option should Callahan decline.